Houston Orders First Evacuations, Days After It Told People to Stay for Harvey

Millions are trapped, with 10 more inches of rain expected. This morning, the residents of America’s fourth-largest city were finally told to get out.

AUSTIN, Texas — The first mandatory evacuations of the Houston area were ordered early Monday morning, four days after it was first clear Hurricane Harvey would drown America’s fourth-largest city.

What is now Tropical Storm Harvey dropped more than two feet of rain on Houston in 24 hours before a brief pause Sunday. The storm is expected to move back into the Gulf of Mexico, recharge, and dump more rain onto Houston by Wednesday. Fifty inches of rain are expected in some areas by the end of the week.